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Carole Nese is a dental hygienist with decades of experience and expertise educating families about the importance of oral health from birth.
Carole Nese is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the USC School of Dentistry. She has worked as a private practice dental hygienist, volunteer Clinical Instructor at USC Dental School, a Healthcare Provider CPR instructor and dedicated most of her career to helping children and families in need of dental care.
She started volunteering in dental clinics for children of working poor families within the months of becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been an active participant with her professional associations since graduation, helping to promote oral health and the dental hygiene profession.
For over 20 years, she volunteered at the Children’s Dental Clinic in Burbank (supported by Providence St. Joseph Medical Center). When that clinic suddenly closed, Carole helped spear head a campaign to set up another clinic. She rallied the volunteer dentists and dental hygienists to support the idea of a new dental clinic. Carole solicited the help of pro bono attorneys, accountants, city officials and donors to create a nonprofit organization, the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic (KCDC) in Burbank. She established a Board of Directors, found a new location, wrote grants and solicited funds to build a new dental clinic for the children. She did all of this as a volunteer and was then asked to be the first part time administrator of the clinic.
As administrator, she developed an extensive community outreach program in the San Fernando Valley to serve more families in need and she increased the clinic volunteer professional staff along with patient volume and preventive dental treatments to record numbers.
She was named 2003 Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature, 43rd Assembly District, for outstanding service and dedication to the people of California. Moving on to bigger challenges, Carole then created the most comprehensive dental referral list for Los Angeles school children. She provided it to all in need, including parents, schools, nurses, dentists, doctors, other healthcare professionals and facilities, low cost and non-profit medical and dental clinics and dental schools.
Carole believes that “Working together with parents, professionals and community partners is the key to healthy children and healthy families. From infancy, health starts at home and preventive care is the first step.”
“Those of us who can help must help. Rub-A-Dent™ helps baby’s gums and first teeth. Preventive dental care begins at birth. If we start young, I believe that we can change habits to change health for a lifetime.”
“And, we can eliminate this very preventable, epidemic of dental disease if we all work together. We cannot do it alone. This challenge requires me, as a healthcare worker, to work closely with parents and to partner up.”
“The success of our efforts is measured by our positive outcomes, starting with babies’ gums and oral health.”